I hope you are staying warm now that the temperature has finally plunged. We had the most lovely fall season until just this week, so many hardy Midwesterners are saying, “Bring it on!” And I have to admit, seeing even traces of snow in the air does bring about an excited anticipation that probably harkens way back to my youth, anticipating skiiing, sledding, skating among many other activities. Of the many things I have to be grateful for this season, I grew up in a family that knew how to appreciate every season, winter included.
It’s been another busy month! I reached my main writing goal yesterday: 100 writing acceptances in 2010! Quite a feat and I am very proud to achieve such an amazing occurrence. Who knew, when I started this adventure of prompt writing, blogging, flash fiction exploration and editorial responsibilities at jmww and Thunderclap magazines that it would lead to so many doors opening. Numerous new writing friends, and my collection of published work, among them:
20 micro-flash fiction (50 words or less)
50 flash fiction (100-750 words)
8 pieces in books, print magazines, or journals
2 non-fiction essays
It’s been quite a year! And I want to thank each and every person who has contributed to these achievements. Here is where you can find my latest pieces:
“Rude” at Eunoia Review: Rude | Eunoia Review
“Quite a Life” at A Handful of Stones:a handful of stones: Quite a Life
“Cadaver Chris” at Girls with Insurance: Cadaver Chris | GwI
“Three Episodes” at BlazeVOX: http://www.blazevox.org/10fl-rv.pdf
“Time for Desert” at Thunderclap’s LOVE issue: http://thunderclappress.com/
(I also edited the remaining flash fiction for this issue!!!)
“Winter” at The Camel Saloon: The Camel Saloon: Winter
“Recruitment” at In Between Altered States:
“”Moving Out” at InkPlots:
“Rocky Raccoon” at Indigo Rising: Indigo Rising Magazine
“Back Room Banter” at 52/250:
“Three Questions for Any Doctor” at 52/250:
“The Visit” at 52/250:
Also, 52/250 accepted my postcard art collaboration (with my best pal Andrea Falkenstein) for their “Postcard theme” which is published this week. Here is the link to the Two/Tree art project:
Thanks to the following editors for making my dreams happen: Ian, Fiona, Dawn, Geoffrey, Amanda, Ana, Russell, Aleathia, Tannen and Michael, Candace, Michelle, John and Walter!!!
After a quick trip to Texas for the most immense wedding I will ever probably attend (in Corpus Christie) I returned to spend a day at The Calatrava Art Museum for the 2010 Young Authors Conference. I had eleven high schoolers in my group from various places around Milwaukee, and shared the responsibilities with Robin, a teacher with MPS. We discussed art, then wrote memoir style pieces and roundtabled them.
Last night, I participated in a reading hosted by Next Chapter bookstore in Mequon: Next Chapter Bookshop | “Celebrating one year as your local, independent bookseller!” We were there for Judy Bridges book launch, Shut Up & Write! Other writers who read included Sheila Hanrahan, Sara Rattan and Laurel Landis. We had a great audience and if you have not purchased your copy of Judy’s book yet, they make great stocking stuffers! Check it out here:
Okay, time to get writing! How do you plan to spend your holidays?